Monthly Archives: November 2015

Arts of the Angler Show

catskill fy fishing museumGuest Blogger: Lisa Weiner, Spey Casting NorthEast

Every fall I look forward to the upcoming fly fishing shows. The first one on my schedule is always the Arts of the Angler Show sponsored by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, held at the Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury, CT. This year it was the weekend of Oct 31st/Nov 1st.

I look forward to this show in particular because I know that this will bring many old friends together and it’s also a chance to make new ones. I get the opportunity to sit down with many talented fly tyers, look at materials and books and to gather ideas for the upcoming tying season.

It was a beautiful fall weekend, too nice to be indoors. In spite of the weather and the pull to be playing in the river I loaded up the truck with Mystic fly rods, info on my Spey Casting Lessons and plenty of J. Stockard catalogs to share. After setting up my vise and tying a few spey flies, I answered questions about spey casting, fly tying and my favorite rods.

Walking the show I had some time to talk to some of the fly tyers. I am always amazed at the talented people that are at this show. Every type of fly was being tied – from tiny dry flies that look like they will fly away at any second to beautiful full dress salmon flies. The best part is that everyone was happy to take the time to share a story or a favorite fly pattern with lots of lively conversation, meeting up with old friends and making new ones with the same passion. The day passed too quickly. I hardly noticed I was inside all day!

If you have not attended one of the many fly fishing shows you might want to look into one in your area. It is a great way to learn new skills and make new friends. And you never know, you might inspire someone that is just getting into fly fishing.

Veterans Day – They Made No Small Contribution

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Lt Colonel, USAF, Retired, Bozeman, MT

Veterens day 1I started writing this the day after Veteran’s Day 2014 as I contemplated how our Armed Forces have in no small way, made the sport we enjoy so much possible. I’ve worked on it almost every week in trying to get it ready for this Veteran’s Day. No matter what era or generation you talk about from 1776 to present day, America’s Armed Forces have made sacrifices to protect and preserve the freedom and democracy we enjoy in the U.S. more…

Long Day – Big Spring Creek

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

The Spring-50,000-64,000 gallons per minute

The Spring-50,000-64,000 gallons per minute

As John Cleese of Monty Python used to say: “Now for something completely different“. Its mid-August, our rivers are getting lower and crowded. Fires throughout Western Montana and a few locally have smoked things up quite a bit.

Air quality around Bozeman reminds me of my childhood in Southern California. I needed to do something completely different. A 3AM wakeup, kayak and gear loaded, a small lunch of last night’s chicken wings and potato salad in the cooler, I headed northeast to Big Spring Creek (not the one in Pennsylvania). It’s a bit of a trip, but some good fishing, some solitude and some beautiful scenery there (well not in the dark) and back made the trip worth it. more…